Broadcast History - July 20

Broadcast History - July 20

Postby jon » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:33 pm

In 1972, the Bronfman family was approved by the CRTC to purchase what is generally considered the world's first radio station, CFCF Montreal, operating originally as XWA. The seller was the original owner, Canadian Marconi, known originally as the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company. The sale had been forced by the CRTC because, in 1970, the majority shareholder was English Electric, based in England.

In 1984, CiTR-FM Vancouver (UBC) broadcast in stereo for the first time. The station began broadcasting in mono on April 1, 1982 with 49 watts on 101.9 MHz. UBC had had a radio society since 1937, when students began playing records in the cafeteria during lunch hour. "Varsity Time" was born that same year, airing initially on CJOR, then moving to CBC radio in 1938, where it was heard twice a week. Closed circuit broadcasts to residences began in 1950, with carrier current on 650 KHz installed in 1964. The CYVR call letters were first used in 1969 when $250,000 was spent on studios designed by Stan Davis in the new Students Union Building. The call letters changed to CiTR in 1974 after the carrier current station was shut down for 6 months as a CRTC penalty for operating illegally. Although CYVR had applied for a license as soon the CRTC began regulating carrier current stations, they had not shut down their transmitters.


In 1995, Alberta's ACCESS educational television network was approved by the CRTC to be sold to a corporation controlled by CHUM. The Alberta government had previously stated that it would not fund ACCESS past 1994. CKUA radio was not included in the purchase.

In 2005, CHMC-FM Edmonton "Magic 99" was approved to use 99.3 MHz with 100,000 watts, after 89.3 MHz was rejected by the CRTC on April 5, 2004, when owner Rawlco was awarded a license. The station signed on December 8, 2005, at 2:00 p.m., running with full on-air staff, but without commercials until well into January 2006. The transmitter was co-located with CKUA-FM.

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